Anyway, we both said "screw it" and loaded the canoe onto the big car, and headed to the Eastern shore for four days of meditative walking and canoeing. We are so lucky to still be agile. The weather was super cooperative and even a little too warm in the sunny afternoons. So we stretched our muscles.
We crossed the big bridge and saw barges full of stuff we have ordered sitting in the center of the water highway waiting for a pilot or a go-ahead. Your order will arrive a little late today. There were plenty of recreational boaters zipping along as well.
We crossed several small bridges in our exploration. Bridges that have recognition in this low land part of the world and are so important to those that live here.
What we were looking for were peace and no agenda. What a lovely time. What perfect cooperation from Mother Nature. What a great distraction.
This is the land of hard-working people. People who have rarely found change a good thing. They want to be left alone. They rise early in the mornings to work the water or tend to their small crops or get ready for church. The water is rising but they do not believe in climate change. Their savior was Trump and they are angry he was not re-elected even though he gave them nothing the last four years.
And plunked right in the middle of this wild country is a more liberal treasure of history. It is a beautiful small museum with lots of interesting facts about this marvelous leader who single-handedly saved over 70 individuals from a treacherous life. We did not follow the path of the "Underground Railroad" by automobile but did explore this museum slowly and with interest.